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"Jean Max"

Full Name:
Max Jean
Born:
27th July 1943 (Age 76)
Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Nationality:
French
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

A simple clerical error accounts for the pseudonym "Jean Max". Incorrectly listed in an early programme, the true Max Jean stuck with his new name throughout his career.

Early racing career

"Max" began rallying at a local level in 1964 before switching to Formula 3 the following season. He drove an Alpine at first before joining Serge Aziosmanoff’s GRAC concern.

The forerunner to today’s junior Formula Renault was launched in 1968 and "Max" starred in the first Critérium de Formule France. Driving a Motul-backed works GRAC, he won 11 of his 16 starts to claim the title. He also raced at Le Mans for the only time that year but his Moynet XS retired early.

A return to F3 in 1969 was hampered by the disappointing new GRAC MT8 and "Max" finished no higher than 10th. He switched to a Tecno and also raced for the Italian marque in the 1970 Tulln-Langenlebarn Formula 2 race.

Formula 1 one-off for Williams

Further support from Motul financed three F2 races and his Grand Prix debut with Frank Williams Racing Cars during 1971. He qualified the team’s old March 701-Ford on the last row for the French GP at Paul Ricard and "Max’" was still running but unclassified in his only world championship race after persistent gearbox niggles.

Further F3 outings followed for Hugues de Chaunac and he drove a Rondel Racing Brabham BT38 in a couple of French F2 races during 1972 – finishing 13th at Albi as his career petered out. The oil crisis of 1973 forced Motul to review its sponsorships and Max Jean (or "Jean Max") concentrated on running his transport company thereafter.

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